On November 8, 2014, the UFC invades the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia for UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping.

The main event of the evening features a clash between middleweight contenders Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. Bisping may not be a true title threat, but he still is one of the best middleweight fighters in the world and his well-rounded attack makes him a tough out for anyone. Rockhold on the other hand has the look of a future UFC champion, but he is only two wins removed from a devastating KO loss to Vitor Belfort in his UFC debut.

This card is far from spectacular, but if you are a gambler, then there are some solid opportunities for action.


Soa Palelei, -165 vs. Walt Harris, +145

The heavyweight bout between Palelei and Harris may not have an effect on the UFC heavyweight title picture, but it will produce some fireworks. Both men are powerful knockout strikers who know how to finish; combined they have only been the distance three times. Palelei is the more experienced striker, but Harris is coming in with a chip on his should and he is looking to cement his place in the UFC.

The play: Roll the dice and take Harris for the upset.


Clint Hester, -175 vs. Robert Whittaker, +155

The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner ,Whittaker, needs a win in a bad way; he is 1-2 in his last three and a loss would put him in danger of being cut from the promotion. Hester on the other hand has won all four of his UFC bouts and he is quacking climbing the ranks. Whittaker is the more well-rounded of the two and he needs to use his submissions to his advantage.

The play: Take Whittaker for the win and at +365 take him to win inside the distance.


Al Iaquinta, +155 vs. Ross Pearson, -175

This lightweight bout between Pearson and Iaquinta has fight of the night written all over it as both of these fighters have no problem staying in the pocket. Iaquinta is a talented fighter, but he is not on the same level as Pearson.

The play: Take Pearson for the win and at +250 take him to win inside the distance.


Luke Rockhold, -420 vs. Michael Bisping, +335

This middleweight bout between Rockhold and Bisping is going to be great; both men are tremendous fighters and they genuinely dislike one another. Bisping is coming off of an impressive win over Cung Le while Rockhold is coming off of his manhandling of Tim Boetsch. Bisping is a live underdog who is a dangerous matchup, but he hasn’t won back-to-back fights since 2011.

The play: Play it safe and take Rockhold for the win.


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